There is no age attached to the term elderly, but searches related to care for elderly, are often associated with being very old. For your purposes, consider using this term if the loved one in your care is frail, of medical need, and does require care on a daily basis, if not a permanent basis.

As you most likely know by now, senior care normally starts off as a casual responsibility and grows into a long-term, and labor intensive, task. For many family caregivers, providing care for seniors may have started out as once a week, and became a daily chore that never sees a day off or a vacation.

Numerous, and often unique, circumstances can accelerate the need for professional caregiver at home.  Examples could include an accident or injury, a declining medical condition, or simply the logistics of caring for a loved one from a distance, when travel becomes a factor meeting the responsibilities of caregiving.
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Senior care has become part of American lifestyles, with almost one-third of our population providing some form of Care for Senior Citizens. You are not alone.

Care for Senior was founded to help family caregivers find valuable, and time-saving information directly pertaining to the needs of providing elderly care to family members and loved ones. We hope you find this website useful and benefit from the caregivers that have been down the road you are going down now. Together, we can all help our loved ones with the very best care for seniors possbile.
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Generally speaking, care for senior citizens is not a term relevant to senior care. It is best to use the terms senior or elderly when doing research for support services online. A senior citizen is thought to be in good health, retired, self supporting, and more often than not, financial able.

Of course a senior does not have to 65. In fact, AARP accepts new members when they become 50 years old. Age really has no relevance when it comes to care for seniors. Generally speaking, a senior is someone who needs support but not 24/7.
Perhaps it is someone who has difficulty getting around or requires some support, but not often on a daily basis. Services related to this demographic might include senior companions, phone assurance, senior meal delivery, independent living, assisted living, or respite care.
Someone that is searching for help with elderly care may have need for visiting nurses, continuing care, nursing homes, hospice care, or home health aides. The amount of variation is beyond definition, so you may wish to try your searches using both terms. Overall, this strategy has proven to be an effective guideline to follow for doing your research.
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The senior care world is constantly evolving and updating with new information.

If there is a topic of value you would like us to add to the website please feel free to contact us and make your suggestion.

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Becky Wood
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This page was last updated: 6/6/2014

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The amount of information available can be overwhelming simply because of the combinations of need. Some caregiving services are government sponsored, but can fall under national, state, county, or local jurisdictions.  Some seniors may have solutions offered by insurance plans. Others may have to go through a qualification process based on income and the value of assets.
This website hopes to make finding the information you need easy to get, and help to point you in the right direction. It was created by caregivers, for caregivers to benefit from the experiences of others who have gone before you, and would like to start with using terminology that best suits your needs for online research.

For example, one of the more common searches related to senior care is prepared senior meal deliveries. A search using the term senior meals, compared to a search using the term elderly meals, is likely to produce different search results. Even if a website appears for both searched terms, there could be a special program or service related to elderly that is not related to senior. Using the term that best describes your situation will yield the best results, and here are guidelines you should consider:

A senior citizen is defined as anyone over the age of 65. It is a general term which suggests the person is retired, and often is associated with "senior discounts." In the United States, the age related to becoming a senior citizen is changing to 67.
We invite you to share your thoughts, comments, and questions on our blog. We are all stronger as a team, and our combined support in caring for our loved ones will make a big difference in our efforts!  Thank you.
-Becky Wood
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